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Wisconsin Tops Yale

Blake Reynolds (Steve Musco photo)
Blake Reynolds (Steve Musco photo)

Reynolds Paces Bulldogs With 14 Points

MADISON, Wisconsin – Yale did a pretty good job defending Wisconsin All-American Ethan Happ, who was 4 -of-10 from the field and scored 12 points. The Badgers, though, are far from a one-man show. UW shot 51 percent from the field en route to an 89-61 victory over the Bulldogs before a full house of 17,287 at the beautiful Kohl Center.

Khalil Iverson was one of the beneficiaries of the attention paid to Happ. He was 8-of-9 from the field and scored 17 points, one of four Badgers in double figures.

"We tried to double team Happ and get the ball out of his hands," said James Jones, The Joel. E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "That led to opportunities for other guys. He [Iverson] was one of the recipients of that."

The others were D'Mitrik Trice (14 points) and Andy Van Vliet (13 points). And, oh by the way, Happ still played a key role, grabbing 11 rebounds in 23 minutes.

Blake Reynolds led Yale with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Noah Yates added nine points and six rebounds off the bench, and Miye Oni also contributed nine points and six rebounds.

Wisconsin, which has won 20 games in each of the last 11 seasons and reached the NCAA Tournament a year ago, seized control with a 10-2 run to end the first half.

The Bulldogs made a bit of a run midway through the second half, but the Badgers ran off nine straight points to regain full control.

Wisconsin was 16-of-29 (55 percent) from the field in the second half.

"They did a great job running their offense," Jones said.

Trey Phills scored seven points and first years Paul Atkinson and Jameel Alausa each added five.

It was Yale's second straight game against a team that reached the NCAA Tournament a year ago. The Bulldogs fell at Creighton on Friday. Captain Makai Mason, sophomores Jordan Bruner and Austin Williams and first year Jalen Gabbidon were again out of the lineup with injuries.

"Even 100 percent healthy and playing our best, we knew these two games would be difficult," Jones said. "No one is going to feel sorry for us. We need to go out and be ready to go."

After traveling home early Monday morning, Yale hosts South Carolina State on Tuesday night. Tipoff at the John J. Lee Amphitheater is slated for 7 p.m.

NOTES: The game was part of the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic. Tuesday's game also is part of the Classic along with the game at Alcorn State on the day before Thanksgiving… Mike Smith, a member of Jones' first recruiting class and a 2004 graduate, was in attendance… The Bulldogs committed 17 turnovers, while Wisconsin only turned the ball over seven times.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity